league bonus farming

League Bonus Farming Strategy

The League Bonus has become more and more important, so every attack you do has to have one primary goal: getting at least 1 Star out of the attack to get at least a part of the League Bonus. The League Bonus you get depends on how much destruction you dealt to the village you attacked – if you get 1 Star (e.g. by destroying the Town Hall) and have 42% destruction in total, you get 42% of the full League Bonus.

farming bonus to shield

Now you’ll often face a situation where your Troops have been defeated and you have reached between 45%-50% destruction and not gained your first Star to get the League Bonus, because the Town Hall is still standing. In this post I will show you some last possibilities you have and why you should always leave some aces in your sleeve for your very last comeback.

History of farming in Clash of Clans

There are four major milestones that farming in Clash of Clans passed, and when we talk about farming, now I think it’s appropriate that we also take a look at how it evolved over the last years.

Farming abandoned bases until 2014

The first part was the easiest. All the bases of inactive players generated loot and were active in the matchmaking – you only had to next until you found one with filled Mines and Collectors and get 100’000s of Gold and Elixir. Supercell changed that as the amount of abandoned bases increased and you didn’t have to do any more than next a couple of times to get all the resources for the next upgrade together. Getting 10 million per hour was possible.

Much loot in Clash of Clans

Find the best time for farming

The dry period until 2015

After having removed the abandoned bases, the loot situation got worse. It was hard to find bases with enough loot and then you had to invest an expensive army to get the loot. Supercell raised the League Bonus and also the War Bonus (especially the bonus when you lost the Clan War).

Farming after the shield changes and Personal Break Timer in December 2015

The December Update changed so much in Clash of Clans. Easily spoken it removed the well-working system of only exposing your Town Hall to get a cheap shield. Now we’re forced to put our Town Hall inside, and our base will get attacked at least two times every day.

Shield Changes Survival Guide

This system was designed to make looting especially for frequent players easier but ended up being a mess shortly after the update. Casual players are only able to play break even and if you want to progress you have to do multiple attacks every day.

Farming in 2016

Writing this post shortly after the December 2015 Update is more looking into future than telling us how it is. Supercell needs to balance a lot in 2016 to make farming more enjoyable. Here are some things you can do to make your life less difficult these days:

How To Farm in 2016

Fast League Bonus farming

This strategy works great if you find a good League to do it in:

  • TH9 and TH10 should go to Crystal 1 League up to Master 2 League
  • TH8 should go to Crystal 3 or Crystal 2 League
  • TH7 and lower in the lower Leagues

What you need for League Bonus Farming

You should train only Archers and Lightning Spells (and maybe if you got 1 Poison Spell for defending Clan Castle troops):

  1. The Archers are quick and cheap to prepare, can shoot over Walls, and you get them quickly donated to your Clan Castle
  2. The Lightning Spells are used to take down Mortars and Wizard Towers
  3. Heroes are only used to get the last percent you need for your 1 Star victory


Your army now costs up to 72.000 Elixir for the Archers and 120.000 Elixir for the Lightning Spells (when everything is maxed out) – for a TH8, it’s less, obviously. No worries, you’ll not need all your Spells every attack so it will be much cheaper. Now when you take a look at the League Bonus you get in Crystal 1 League you’ll get 65,000 Gold and Elixir plus 300 DE, in Master 1 League it’s 100,000 Gold and Elixir plus 500 DE.

You see the league Bonus only makes up for the training costs, and the Gold and Dark Elixir is your profit.

Farming Base Layouts for Clasher 2016 inside Town Hall

Bases you should look for when farming League Bonus

There are certain types of bases you have to look out for – your main goal is getting loot from the League Bonus so only have a look at the bases and not only the loot you can take from the base.

Abandoned Bases

They are quite rare these days but when you find one you go for it!


In this case, the League Bonus is not that important because the loot you take from the filled up Mines and Collectors make up for the costs. Don’t worry about the Trophies you’ll lose, when farming League Bonus you win more than enough Trophies to hold your League level.

Only attack the Mines and Collectors that are easy to get, you don’t need to go for the victory!

BARCH Troop Deployment
Spreading your Troop Deployment so splash damage will not take out a huge part of your Troops

The 1 Star Victory bases

Now these bases are the ones you are primarily going to look for – only looking for the easy, lucky first one (the abandoned one) will not be enough to make you a profit! You need bases you can get 50% destruction on:

  • Lots of buildings outside
  • Mortars and Wizard Towers deep inside


When you have your Heroes with you always use them the same way:

  1. Drop them after all your troops are down
  2. Only use them to push to 50% if you haven’t already got it AND you’re above 40% destruction

Interesting reads: Pushing to 50% guide

Also keep in mind that the Daily Star Bonus will reward you with an significant amount of loot if you earn 5 Stars wihtin a day (which is, frankly spoken, very easy to get with a couple attacks every day):

daily star bonus for all leagues

Hope this guide will help you hold yourself over water until the loot situation relaxed again.

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